May 8th, 2008 – Don’t forget about the Birds and the Bees event tomorrow!

Special Reminder!

The Birds and the Bees

Saturday, May 10 ~ 8:00am – noon

THE BIRDS…from 8:00 am join Rick Ludkin, Bander-in-charge, and participate in a hands-on bird banding experience. Novice birders are welcome! Dress accordingly for field work.

At 10:00 am join us for the celebration and unveiling of the new and improved expanded banding lab. Funding for this initiative was generously provided by Ontario Power Generation.

AND THE BEES….at 11:00 am Loretta Mousseau, a local hobby beekeeper, will discuss how bees make honey, the contributions of the Queen, worker bees and drones inside the hive and more. Enjoy fresh biscuits dripping with pure unadulterated honey – the way the bees made it!

Admission by donation.

May 8th Banding Report _______________________________
A cold front pushed through last evening and the rain that began yesterday afternoon quit sometime in the night. The old northwester was blowing before sun up, and I thought I would have a marginal day for banding at best. But as the sun rose, the winds diminished, (this is rare) and it turned out to be a very good banding day, with 22 species banded. Our best day of the season thus far, in fact!

Indigo Buntings have arrived!

Banded 47:
1 Orchard Oriole
1 Red Bellied Woodpecker
1 Least Flycatcher
2 Blue Jays
2 House Wrens
1 Hermit Thrush
1 American Robin
1 Grey Catbird
2 Nashville Warblers
3 Yellow Warblers
3 Yellow Rumped Warblers
1 Western Palm Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
7 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
1 Song Sparrow
2 Lincoln’s Sparrows
3 Eastern White-Crowned Sparrows
1 Red-Winged Blackbird
4 Common Grackles
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
3 Baltimore Orioles
5 American Goldfinches

Retrapped 19
1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted Flicker)
1 Blue Jay
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 House Wrens
1 Warbling Vireo
1 Blue Winged Warbler (banded in ’04)
3 Yellow Warblers
3 Chipping Sparrows
3 Brown-headed Cowbirds
2 American Goldfinches


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